A public meeting to discuss a proposed museum and cultural center at the Chickasaw Village site along the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Miss., will be February 5, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. at the Chickasaw Nation Headquarters, 520 E. Arlington St.
The National Park Service and the Chickasaw Nation began the initial public comment and public scoping period for the Chickasaw Museum and Cultural Center Environmental Assessment January 14. All interested parties are invited to comment on the project, and to identity potential issues or concerns for consideration in the EA.
The public meeting will take place in conjunction with the initial public comment period. At the meeting, the National Park Service and the Chickasaw Nation will discuss the proposal to establish a museum and cultural center at the Chickasaw Village site along the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Miss. Information will include preliminary alternatives, site characteristics, impact topics, and project purpose and need. The public meeting will take place in an informal open-house format where staff will be available to answer questions about the proposed project and the scope of the EA.
The primary purpose of the proposed museum and cultural center is to enhance the visitor services, visitor information, and visitor understanding of the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Chickasaw culture. The north Mississippi portion of the Parkway passes through the traditional homeland of the Chickasaw, and no other park in the National Park System has such an abundant concentration of resources associated with their culture. The site of the proposed center is located near the Natchez Trace Parkway Headquarters and Visitor Center.
The EA is being prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to identify alternatives and assess the potential impacts of the proposal. The public comment period opened on January 14, 2013 and will conclude on February 28, 2013.
Interested parties, as well as the public, are invited to comment on issues and concerns related to the scope of the EA during the initial public comment period. Additional information is available in a newsletter that has been posted to the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/natr_ea_newsletter.
Comments may be submitted through this same website, or by mail to the Superintendent at 2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804. Copies of the newsletter are available upon request by contacting the Natchez Trace Parkway at (662) 680-4005.